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What to do with all these eggs?!

Late spring is a terrible time for seasonal food. The pantry full of canned goods and dry goods is running low, and the littlest of seedlings are just beginning to poke out of the ground.

At this time of year I've been thinking a lot about Easter, Passover, and other springtime rites. All of those holidays are about re-birth, but with an undertone of violence and…


Added by Aliza Ess on April 7, 2011 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Boone St. Baltimore Urban Garden (Week 2) // Experimental Three Sisters Planting


Last Saturday 3/26 was week two at Boone St. garden. We tilled!


For an introduction and background about Boone St. urban garden in the Greenmount West neighborhood of Baltimore City:…


Added by Aliza Ess on March 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

First Day Breaking Ground: Boone St. Urban Farm in Baltimore

My friend Cheryl and I have been gardening in small separate plots in Baltimore City for the past few years. This year, we have adopted two large vacant lots- about a quarter of an acre - and are planning an urban farm and community garden. (That's me in the black, red, and gold t-shirt.)


So far it's been a lot of work writing grants, figuring out how to…


Added by Aliza Ess on March 24, 2011 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Bows and Arrows (and Rugs)

This isn't a post about food or plants, but I thought some folks might be interested in the general "homemade" aspect! My gentleman and one of our friends recently took a primitive skills class and got to make their own bows. While they hung out and made arrows, I made a rag rug.


The full blog post about it is here.


Here they are using the bows for the first time on…


Added by Aliza Ess on February 7, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

Winter Spice! Homemade Cheap Chai + Gingerbread-Plum Cookies

Does anyone else make their own chai?!


I've found a local market (Punjab on 33rd in Waverly for anyone in Baltimore)  that carries bulk spices for a much lower price than grocery store spices.


Recently I wanted chai tea and made up my own mix:


- black cardamom pods

- black peppercorns

- cinnamon sticks



Added by Aliza Ess on December 28, 2010 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

Put that Fancy Phone to Use! Map Community Green Spaces

I live in Baltimore City, where there are a lot of abandoned lots and forgotten spaces.


The city government wants to sell off some of those lots, but they don't have enough people-power to go around and check if any gardens, informal parks, or other community gathering spaces are located on the spaces they want to sell.


So an organization…


Added by Aliza Ess on December 16, 2010 at 12:50pm — No Comments

A Ridiculous Urban "Hunting" Story

My boyfriend (I call him Chicken-Man on my blog) has been talking about hunting a deer for some time. But we live in Baltimore City and have busy schedules, and it's been hard to plan a trip.

Yesterday, sometime really insane happened, and it looks like the venison came…


Added by Aliza Ess on November 23, 2010 at 2:00pm — 4 Comments

Cabbage Salad With Sesame and Pomegranate & a Knit Hat Becomes a Project Pouch

I've got at least four heads of cabbage stored up from my CSA share, and it's been a lot of fun coming up with different recipes for both raw and cooked cabbage.

The other night I wanted a fresh salad to go with a roasted chicken and sweet potatoes, so I made the salad pictured above. Here's an ingredients…


Added by Aliza Ess on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Baltimore DIY Fest 2010

A map of DIY Fest 2010! Here is a photo of the event schedule:

And a link to the blog post if you're interested in details!…


Added by Aliza Ess on October 28, 2010 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Rain, Butternut Squash Soup & Caramel

It's super rainy here on the East Coast, so I ended up making a ton of cozy fall food last night.

Happily this past weekend we made chicken stock (from two of our roosters that we had to kill a few months ago.) Last night I gussied up the stock into butternut squash soup. Pretty excited that I managed to make…


Added by Aliza Ess on September 30, 2010 at 11:03am — No Comments

Two Firsts: Backyard Chicken Slaughter & Pressure Canning

Finally sat down and learned how to use my new All-American pressure canner! We had to kill the backyard roosters, so I took out the frozen chickens killed in May and made about four quarts of stewed chicken and broth.

Luckily kale also needs to be cooked at 10 lbs. of pressure for 90 minutes, so I filled up…


Added by Aliza Ess on July 14, 2010 at 4:28pm — 3 Comments

When the news gets me down, the garden & kitchen are my magic place

Some sad news in Baltimore over the last weekend plus the usual global issues.. the garden and kitchen become my place to be a part of what I feel is right in this world.

This past weekend I harvested much of the spring crops: golden and bull's blood beets, fennel, and…


Added by Aliza Ess on June 7, 2010 at 3:35pm — 3 Comments

Eating Carrot Greens

Do you eat carrot greens, tomato leaves, pumpkin leaves, or other typically ignored parts of the plant?

I posted about my recent experiment eating carrot greens here:…


Added by Aliza Ess on May 21, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

What is your garden style?

One thing I love about community gardening is looking at the different style of everyone's garden plots!

There are plots with long strips of single crops, like this bed with only peas, potatoes, and onions:

Or strictly salad and herb gardens:…


Added by Aliza Ess on May 19, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments



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